Me for blogging longevity. You for motivating me to keep on keeping on.
Most blogs are like shooting stars, short-lived flashes of varying brilliance. In contrast, despite its utter lack of “brilliance”, the Humble Blog continues year after year. TBH, I think of pulling the plug on occasion, but that is the extent of it, sporadic periods of flagging enthusiasm.
Most of the time I still dig it for two reasons. Firstly, because many of the people whom I care the most about—family, close friends, and fave former students—STILL read it regularly. And also because many people from abroad read it. Take today as an example, despite the still small readership, there have been readers from India, the U.K., Azerbiajan, Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Kenya.
I’ve been very fortunate to have either visited or worked/lived in Mexico, East/West/and Southern Africa, Europe, Scandinavia, and East Asia. And much closer to home, I love me some Canada. Which is to say, I am a global citizen who embraces cultural diversity.
Sometimes when writing a (dis)United States specific post, I think about my international readers, hoping they aren’t too bored. But maybe that’s what they’re most interested in, one (dis)United States citizen’s perspective on things that their press may not cover well or at all.
I wish I knew more about the “Internationals”. What percentage are expatriates? What does or doesn’t keep them coming back? Do they pick up on my sarcasm? How can I connect even better with more readers like them?
I never write for them specifically, but maybe I should on occasion. I think I’ll experiment with my next post which I’ll write with them front and center in my mind.
Anyways, all that’s to say thank you for reading. I haven’t said that for a long time. Send me your address and then look for your medal in the mail.
I enjoy the wide variety of topics. Top of the list for me, when you write about your students and the challenges faced by younger generations. It’s easy to imagine your classroom being similar to your blog: dry humor and wit, lots of room for different perspectives, expectations of mutual learning and growth, with everyone honored and included. No surprise you have a global audience. Keep up the good work!
You sir, are far too kind.
Oregon, Washington, or Hawaii?
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. I have a lot on my mind these days; barely had time to read the Humble Blog this week, but like every week, glad I did.
What an honor, thank you sir.